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Vice President praises Dominican tech progress

2012/08/18 16:33:58

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Aug. 17 (CNA) Vice President Wu Den-yih said Friday that the Dominican Republic will become the "diamond in the Caribbean" if its people continue to work together toward the country's development.

While touring a high-tech science park which was jointly funded by Taiwan and the Caribbean diplomatic ally, Wu said he was impressed by the country's technological advancement and its widespread confidence in the development of the high-tech zone.

"The Dominican government has given its full support to the park, which boasts convenient transport connections, a wellspring of talent and assistance from academic institutions," Wu said.

Wu next toured a job training center, where he inaugurated new jointly funded training facilities. He drew attention to the roles that education and vocational training played in Taiwan's current affluence and technological progress.

"Thanks to successful and popularized education -- especially job training -- Taiwan was able to surmount a lack of natural resources to transform into a country with robust growth momentum," Wu said.

Between 2002 and 2008, Taiwan has provided US$8 million in funding to help build the vocational training center and expects to offer US$3 million annually for another four years to help upgrade job training in the Caribbean country, according to Labor Minister Wang Ju-hsuan, who accompanied Wu on his tour.

Wu was visiting the country on the first leg of a two-country tour to the region, with Belize as his next stop.

A day earlier, he attended the swearing-in of Dominican President Danilo Medina and toured around the country to be briefed on the progress of several bilateral cooperation projects .

(By Kelven Huang and Scully Hsiao)